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NBA Sounds of the Game

January, 30, 2015
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Go inside huddles across the league in the latest edition of NBA Sounds of the Game.

4-Point Play: Mavericks at Heat

January, 30, 2015
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By Ben Alamar, ESPN Stats & Information
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Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports Chandler Parsons and the Mavericks visit Chris Bosh and the Heat tonight (8 ET, ESPN).
The 4-Point Play looks at the four analytics-based storylines that will make you smarter when watching Friday’s game between the Dallas Mavericks (4th in BPI) and the Miami Heat (18th in BPI). Our BPI gives the Mavericks a 61 percent chance of winning.

1. The Mavericks have the top offense in the league, but a below average defense. The defense plays its best when actively creating turnovers. When Mavericks opponents are turning it over on more than 12 percent of their possessions, the Mavs give up 101 points per 100 possessions. Yet when opponents turn it over less than that, the Mavs give up 106 point per 100 possessions.

2. Chandler Parsons' average assist rate has dropped this season from 17 percent to 10 percent, but when he is above that 10 percent mark, the Mavericks average 113 points per 100 possessions. When Parsons falls below 10 percent, they average 109 points per 100 possessions.

3. Chris Bosh's game has changed and evolved over time, but while he teamed with LeBron, his skilled passing was not needed. In his last four seasons with the Raptors, Bosh had an average assist percentage of 12 percent. While playing with LeBron, his AST% fell to eight percent, but this season it has jumped right back up to 12 percent.

4. Miami has to keep Dallas off the foul line. When Miami allows opponents a Free Throw Attempt Rate above 0.29, then they give up 108 points per 100 possessions, but when they keep their opponents' FTAr below 0.29 then they give up 100 points per 100 possessions.

Klay Thompson a first-time All-Star

January, 29, 2015
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Golden State's Klay Thompson, Chicago's Jimmy Butler and Atlanta's Jeff Teague ‎are first-time NBA All-Stars after being selected by coaches in their respective conferences.

The league announced Thursday night that Teague is one of three members of the 38-8 Atlanta Hawks to make the Eastern Conference squad alongside teammates Al Horford and Paul Millsap. It's the first trio of Hawks All-Stars since John Drew, Eddie Johnson and Dan Roundfield in 1980.

"We love for our players to have success and for our players to be appreciated," said Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer, who will coach the East. "Yeah, there's a sense of pride. They work really hard. They do a lot of things we appreciate. If other people are appreciating them, that's a good thing."

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Rondo Hurting Mavs?

January, 29, 2015
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Tom Haberstroh goes inside the numbers to show how Rajon Rondo has jammed up the Dallas Mavericks offense.

Dwyane Wade has hamstring strain

January, 29, 2015
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Issac Baldizon/Getty ImagesThe Heat will be without star Dwyane Wade as he suffered a strained hamstring.

MIAMI -- A strained right hamstring will force Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade to miss Friday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks, and perhaps several more.

After sitting out Wednesday's practice, Wade spoke to reporters and closed the session by telling them, "I won't be seeing you for a little while."

The Heat have listed him as day-to-day, but teammate Chris Bosh hinted that Wade's absence may last weeks.

"It really sucks sometimes, but what can you do?" Bosh said of Wade's latest injury. "We haven't had our whole team. I just want to play with our whole team, just once. But it's not going to be for [Friday], maybe not for the next couple weeks, but there's nothing we can do about that."

Wade injured his right hamstring in Tuesday's loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Wade said he tweaked it on a play where he was defending a dunk by Bucks guard Brandon Knight. He said he tried to play through it for a few plays.

"And then it just went," Wade said of his right hamstring.


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Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao met in person for the first time during halftime of the Milwaukee Bucks' game against the Miami Heat.
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MIAMI -- Brandon Knight had 17 points and six assists and the Milwaukee Bucks put seven players in double figures on the way to beating the Miami Heat 109-102 on Tuesday night.

Khris Middleton also scored 17 for the Bucks, who got 15 from Jerryd Bayless, 14 from O.J. Mayo, 13 from Giannis Antetokounmpo, 12 from John Henson and 11 from Chris Dudley.

With fighters Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao watching courtside, Milwaukee beat Miami for the third time in as many meetings this season, moving three games clear of the Heat in the race for No. 6 in the Eastern Conference. The Bucks' bench outscored Miami's 44-13.

Chris Bosh had 26 points for Miami. The Heat lost Dwyane Wade in the third quarter with what the team said was a strained right hamstring.


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Whiteside's play as amazing as his stories

January, 25, 2015
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CHICAGO -- With Hassan Whiteside, it all depends on the day of the week.

There's simply just no telling at any given moment where the soft-spoken, 7-foot center will trace the source of motivation on his path from initial NBA washout to what on Sunday became a spot ahead of Shaquille O'Neal and Alonzo Mourning in the Miami Heat's record book for most blocks in a game.

Every day, it seems, Whiteside offers a new revelation of an adventure or adversity he has endured.

When Whiteside first signed with the Heat in December, he pointed to moments when he played in front of armed soldiers during stints with professional leagues in the Middle East. After dominating Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan in a win against the Los Angeles Clippers earlier this month, Whiteside counted Doc Rivers among NBA coaches and executives who overlooked him when he left Marshall after one season and fell to Sacramento in the second round of the 2010 draft.

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Gary Dineen/Getty ImagesHassan Whiteside accomplished a feat neither Shaquille O'Neal or Alonzo Mourning could for the Heat -- blocking 12 shots in a game.
And before the Heat wrapped up that same 3-2 West Coast trip with a win against the Kings, Whiteside sarcastically questioned how smart Sacramento's former front office executives look now for cutting him after he played just 19 games over two seasons.

But on Sunday, Whiteside outdid himself in multiple ways. He managed to sandwich two compelling tales around a remarkable triple-double -- 14 points, 13 rebounds and a franchise-record 12 blocks -- in Miami's 96-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

One thing is becoming clear about Whiteside: His stories are every bit as amazing as his stats.

Before facing the Bulls, the 25-year-old anchor of the Heat's defense spoke in the pregame locker room about how he was just thankful and blessed to even play basketball after he survived being hit by a car when he was 10 years old. After the game, he chose to share a memory from his more recent past.

NBA training camps had already opened last October, but the only teams that showed interest in Whiteside were the groups that gathered regularly at the YMCA in downtown Charlotte.

"Like I told my teammates, you won't believe how things work out in life," Whiteside said after his first nationally televised breakout game. "Three months ago -- ask anybody in Charlotte at the downtown Y -- I was just there just chilling, working my game. I couldn't even get a team to pick up the phone."

That phone is buzzing frequently these days.

And now, so is the NBA. The league hasn't seen a player this obscure have an impact this compelling on a team since the Linsanity movement surrounding Jeremy Lin with the Knicks three seasons ago.

Whiteside's dominant effort Sunday upstaged the homecoming of teammate and Chicago native Dwyane Wade and overshadowed Luol Deng's first game back in the United Center since the Bulls traded him a year ago. It almost sounded silly when Whiteside's name was mentioned in connection with O'Neal, Mourning and LeBron James in Heat lore on Sunday.

But there stood Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, saying he figured Mourning would have had a game at some point during his Hall of Fame career when he had as many blocks as Whiteside did on Sunday.

Nope.

Mourning's career-high for rejections in a game was nine.

"Clearly he gives this team a different dimension," Spoelstra said of Whiteside. "That's exactly what this team needs. He just needed time to develop. Big guys sometimes take longer. He had to go through his trials and tribulations of being in the league, but also playing in China and Lebanon to get to a point where he was really ready to embrace what was necessary. You root for guys like this."

Whiteside's first career triple-double was his fourth game with double figures in points and rebounds. He has 46 blocks in 18 games, and that 2.5-per-game average would be second in the league behind Anthony Davis if he had enough games to qualify for the NBA's statistical rankings.

Offensively, Whiteside is basically dunking on every touch. He had four in the second half and is shooting a team-best 67.4 percent from the field this season. In one 60-second stretch Sunday, Whiteside grabbed two rebounds, scored on a put back and blocked two shots.

This latest outburst left Wade sitting in his locker afterward drawing comparisons between Whiteside and the impact O'Neal had in his first seasons with the Heat almost a decade ago.

"It's special," Wade said of the presence Whiteside adds. "We didn't have that during our [last two] championship runs. That was our one missing piece. A guy like Hassan, he's special. You can't teach what he has. He has great timing, tenacity. When he gets it, he's going up to dunk every time."

Wade is among a group of Heat players who won't allow Whiteside to ever feel satisfied. Even in the midst of a career game, Whiteside was still challenged by Wade when he was late to rotate into the lane to contest a layup by Bulls guard Aaron Brooks.

"I told him, 'That's your paint. Protect it and block everything that comes down there,'" Wade said.

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It's special. We didn't have that during our [last two] championship runs. That was our one missing piece. A guy like Hassan, he's special. You can't teach what he has. He has great timing, tenacity. When he gets it, he's going up to dunk every time.

-- Dwyane Wade on Hassan Whiteside
Whiteside took it literally.

"He was everywhere," Bulls forward Taj Gibson said. "One thing about the scouting report ... we saw [only] a couple of clips, but in this league, you can't take guys for granted."

Whiteside remains driven by the fact that he has been repeatedly overlooked.

It's no coincidence he specializes in rejections, coming out of nowhere. A North Carolina native, Whiteside had to take the back roads route to college ball at Marshall instead of shining with one of the traditional Tobacco Road powers in his home state.

"In high school, it was like, 'Where he come from?'" Whiteside said. "And even five years ago, if anybody followed my Marshall career -- I did one year [and] didn't even start until later in the season. After the season, it was like, 'Oh, he's projected [in the] lottery. Who is this guy?' It's been like that all my life."

Had Heat forward Chris Bosh ever heard of Whiteside before he arrived Dec. 15 from the D-League?

"Nope," Bosh quickly shot back. "I said, 'Where'd he come from?' It's truly remarkable the way he's slipped through the cracks. But I'm glad. When we signed him, I didn't know how big he was. When I saw how big he was and saw his athleticism, I was thinking, 'Man, he could really help us out.' Now, what he's doing is, of course, more than I expected. But I just want him to stay grounded."

Because Whiteside doesn't lack for confidence, multiple Heat players said they must keep him focused and make sure he understands that it's a long season. Miami has had impressive wins this season over the Mavericks, Cavaliers, Clippers and Bulls but the 20-24 record is more reflective of its inconsistency.

Whiteside has been one of the few bright spots in an underachieving season tarnished by injuries. He's described as a prankster who has one of the biggest appetites on the team when it comes to food.

But he also seems to know and accept his place. It's Whiteside's second stint in the NBA, but he still has rookie responsibilities within the locker room. That didn't change Sunday as he boarded the team bus after emphatically placing himself on the NBA map again.

There were towels and bags to grab and food orders to take for veterans, just like always.

"Hell yeah," said longtime Heat forward and co-captain Udonis Haslem. "It's whatever we ask him to do. Change that. I meant it's whatever we tell him to do. Get towels. Get food. Get water. And if we slap it out of your hands, go get another one. And that ain't gonna change."

No problem, Whiteside insists.

Through it all, there's only thing he counts more than his blocks.

Those would be his NBA blessings.

Hassan Whiteside does a lot in a little time

January, 25, 2015
Jan 25
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By ESPN Stats & Information
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David Banks/USA TodayHassan Whiteside (21) set a Heat franchise record with 12 blocked shots.
A player who entered this season with 19 games of NBA experience had one of the most impressive all-around games in Miami Heat history Sunday.

Hassan Whiteside came off the bench for the Heat and registered 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocked shots in their 96-84 win over the Chicago Bulls.

Whiteside became the first player with at least 12 points, 12 rebounds and 12 blocked shots in a game since Shawn Bradley in 1997-98 with the Dallas Mavericks. In the past 25 years, the only other players to meet those marks have been Shaquille O'Neal (1993-94, with the Orlando Magic) and Dikembe Mutombo (1992-93, Denver Nuggets). Like Whiteside, Bradley came off the bench when he had his triple-dozen.

Whiteside broke the Heat franchise record of nine blocked shots (done by Alonzo Mourning six times). He had the first triple-double that includes blocked shots since Joakim Noah, who had 23 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocked shots on Feb. 28, 2013.

All 12 of Whiteside’s blocked shots were within six feet of the basket. Seven came when he was a help defender.

Taj Gibson was particularly affected by Whiteside. Five of Gibson’s 10 shots were blocked by Whiteside. No team had blocked five Gibson shots in a game before Sunday.

Whiteside's defense helped the Heat hold the Bulls to their third-worst field goal shooting percentage (35.6 percent) this season. The Bulls shot 33.3 percent in a loss to the Utah Jazz on Jan. 7 and 34.5 percent in a victory at Indiana on Dec. 29.

Whiteside played 19 games with the Sacramento Kings in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and was out of the NBA for two seasons. He became the eighth player in Heat history to post a triple-double, joining LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, O’Neal, Lamar Odom, Billy Owens, Steve Smith and Rory Sparrow.

Whiteside got all of that accomplished in 25 minutes on the court. The last player with 12 or more blocks in 25 minutes or less was Manute Bol in March 1989 for the Golden State Warriors against the Portland Trail Blazers (13 blocks in 20 minutes).
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CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 26 points, Chris Bosh finished with 20 and Hassan Whiteside had unconventional triple-double to help the Miami Heat beat the sluggish Chicago Bulls 96-84 Sunday.

Whiteside had a career high 11 blocks to go with 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Luol Deng scored 15 in his return to Chicago. Mario Chalmers had 15 points, and the Heat squashed whatever momentum the Bulls appeared to be building after beating San Antonio and Dallas.

Miami led by 10 at halftime, 12 going into the fourth quarter and remained in control the rest of the way.


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